Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Mayo Cllr. Lisa Chambers has described as incredible the response from the HSE to the extraordinary numbers of patients on trollies at Mayo General in August this year compared to the same period last year.
“Last week I put forward a question at the HSE West forum seeking answers as to why there was a 950% increase in the number of patients on trollies at Mayo General in August this year compared to the same period last year. The figures were extraordinary and were the highest in the country. The HSE executive accepted this and recognised that Mayo General one of the worst hospitals in the country during that period. The response I received attempted to explain the increase but the figures simply did not add up.” says Chambers
“The explanation I was given from the HSE executive was “The numbers are particularly high this August as Emergency Department presentations are up by approximately 4% on July 2015 and 3.9% on August 2014. The medical admissions are also up by approximately 10% on August 2014. Admissions in July were also very high which automatically impacts on the following month in terms of length of stay for the first week to ten days and this results in capacity issues.” but when I pointed out this didn’t explain the 950% increase of patients on trollies I was further told “It is not possible to exactly state why this is the case but we have continued to have winter illness through the summer.” I further asked that if the HSE could not identify the problem and why it occurred then how did it propose to address it and ensure it didn’t happen again? To which I was met with a blank expression, suggesting they couldn’t.” continues Chambers
“The HSE did state that one of the issues during this time was a lack of step down facilities and they were actively addressing this problem but when I suggested there was clearly a staffing shortage there was a reluctance to accept this. In my view this is the clearest example that Mayo General hospital is under sever pressure and is massively under resourced in terms of staff. I am calling on the Taoiseach and his Fine Gael deputies to address this very serious issue immediately and look after our hospital.” says Chambers